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$10 Million
$2.8 Million
Jan 26, 1981 (43 years old)
Conductor, Composer, Musician, Music Director, Violinist
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What is Gustavo Dudamel's net worth and salary?

Gustavo Dudamel is a Venezuelan conductor and violinist who has a net worth of $10 million. Gustavo Dudamel is the music director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, and Paris Opera. In February 2023, he announced that he had been hired by the New York Philharmonic for the 2026–2027 orchestral season.

Dudamel has won four Grammys, and he has conducted for several album releases as well as films such as "Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens" (2015) and "West Side Story" (2021). "Time" magazine included Gustavo on its "Most Influential People of 2010" list, and Dudamel has been inducted into the Royal Swedish Academy of Music (2011) and "Gramophone" Hall of Fame (2013). Gustavo is the co-chair of the Dudamel Foundation, whose mission is to "expand access to music and the arts for young people by providing tools and opportunities to shape their creative futures."

Gustavo Dudamel Salary

Gustavo earns a base salary of $1.5 million per year from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, however the total annual amount has typically reached above $2 million. For example, in 2022 he earned a total of $2.8 million from the LA Phil. His contract, which has him serving as principal conductor, music director, and artistic director, ran through 2022, then it was extended through the 2025–2026 season. His salary was revealed as part of the orchestra's annual tax filings.


Early Life

Gustavo Dudamel was born Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel Ramírez on January 26, 1981, in Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela. He is the son of a voice teacher and a trombonist, and at an early age, he began listening to music and "conducting his toys to old recordings." Gustavo took violin lessons during his youth, and he was involved with the Venezuelan music education program El Sistema as well as the Jacinto Lara Conservatory and Latin-American Violin Academy. He joined a youth orchestra, and when the conductor was late one day, Dudamel decided to pick up the baton. He started studying with conductor Rodolfo Saglimbeni in the mid-1990s, followed by José Antonio Abreu. Gustavo became the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra's music director in 1999, and after attending a 2002 master class by Charles Dutoit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he worked as Simon Rattle's assistant conductor in Salzburg, Austria, and Berlin, Germany.


In 2004, Dudamel won the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, and two years later he was named the Gothenburg Symphony's principal conductor. In 2007, he conducted the Vienna Philharmonic at the Lucerne Festival and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra at a commemoration of Pope Benedict XVI's 80th birthday. In 2011, Gustavo was the subject of the Alberto Arvelo documentary "DUDAMEL: Let the Children Play," and in 2013, he conducted the SimĂłn BolĂ­var Symphony Orchestra at Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's funeral. He conducted the opening and closing titles of 2015's "Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens," and he accompanied Coldplay during the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show, along with the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles. In 2017, 35-year-old Dudamel became the youngest guest conductor to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Day Concert, and in late 2018, he conducted Verdi's "Otello" at New York City's Metropolitan Opera. He was Princeton University's 2018–2019 artist-in-residence, and he conducted the orchestra during recording sessions for the 2021 Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation of "West Side Story." In April 2021, Gustavo was appointed the music director of the OpĂ©ra National de Paris.

Dudamel first conducted for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in September 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl (his U.S. conducting debut), and he was invited to conduct the orchestra again in January 2007 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He signed a five-year contract to become the LA Phil's music director during the 2009–2010 season, and his contract was extended several times. In February 2023, the LA Phil announced that Gustavo's music directorship with them would conclude at the end of the 2025–2026 season, stating, "The Los Angeles Philharmonic congratulates Gustavo Dudamel on his appointment as Music & Artistic Director of the New York Philharmonic starting in the 2026/27 season, and the beginning of a remarkable new chapter for Gustavo and his family. We are excited to continue working with Gustavo through our 2025/26 season, which will mark his 17th year with the LA Phil, and we will look forward to welcoming him back as a guest conductor for years to come." Dudamel has guest-conducted for the New York Philharmonic more than 25 times since 2007.

Personal Life

Gustavo married Venezuelan ballet dancer/journalist Eloísa Maturén in 2006, and they welcomed son Martín on April 1, 2011. Dudamel and Maturén divorced in 2015, then Gustavo married Spanish actress María Valverde in 2017. Dudamel became a citizen of Spain in 2018, and he and Valverde have a home there.

Awards and Nominations

Dudamel has earned five Grammy nominations, winning for Best Orchestral Performance for "Brahms: Symphony No. 4" (2012), "Norman: Sustain" (2020), and "Ives: Complete Symphonies" (2021) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Best Choral Performance for "Mahler: Symphony No. 8, 'Symphony Of A Thousand" (2022). His other nomination was for Best Orchestral Performance for "Dvořák: Symphonies Nos. 7-9" (2023) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. At the International Film Music Critics Awards, Gustavo won the Kyle Renick Special Award for "West Side Story" in 2022 and received nominations for Best Original Score for a Drama Film for "Libertador" and Breakthrough Film Composer of the Year in 2015. "Libertador" also earned him a Best Original Music nomination at the 2015 Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema. Dudamel was named "Gramophone" magazine's Artist of the Year in 2011 and "Musical America's" Musician of the Year in 2013. He has been honored with The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize (2009), Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society (2014), the Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award (2016), Chile's Pablo Neruda Order of Artistic and Cultural Merit (2018), the Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts' Paez Medal of Art (2018), and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Performance (2019).

Real Estate

In January 2015, Gustavo and EloĂ­sa paid $2.775 million for a home in Los Angeles. After their divorce, they sold the home in 2017 for $2.85 million. They purchased a different L.A. home for $1.85 million in 2011. After remarrying, Dudamel paid nearly $4.8 million for a 3,754 square foot home in the Hollywood Hills. He put the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home on the market for $5.1 million in late 2019.

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